Co-Curricular Programme

On Friday afternoons at John Lyon all pupils put their Academic timetables to one side and participate in the School’s broad, engaging and fascinating Co-Curricular Programme.

The Co-Curricular Programme offers something different to pupils beyond the classroom and is aimed at developing a sense of achievement, wellbeing and enjoyment, while gaining practical skills and engaging with the eight School Values.

The John Lyon Co-Curricular Programme is an important and integral part of the School timetable and wider School life, designed to add to pupil learning and introduce pupils to exciting new ideas and opportunities, which will help them in School, outside School and beyond into higher education and the workplace.

Pupils in all years take part in a number of activities, both required and optional, with many being student led, designed to complement their learning, increase confidence and give back to the School and wider community.

This page gives details of the structure of the programme in each School year, followed by details of each of the activities on offer.

A ‘rounded’ education given a firm emphasis, with a timetabled programme of ‘skills-based’ activities including everything from cooking to changing a tyre. Plenty of trips and societies, from computing to chess. ‘It’s a very broad ranging education,’ commented one contented father.

The Good Schools Guide

Year 7 and 8

In two of the three School terms, Year 7 and Year 8 pupils will take part in a carousel of activities. In the third term they all participate in a Drama Festival (Y7) or Bronze Crest Award (Y8).


BMX Biking

Bronze CREST Award

Chef School



Dillon Diploma

Drama Festival






Urban Agriculture


Year 9 to Year 11

From Year 9 to Year 11, pupils take part in a combination of group activities as well as activities they are able to select.

Acting for Film

Advanced Painting

An Introduction to Sports Science


Archery Award

Architectural Modelling

Architecture: an introduction

AV Training

Basic Photography

Boom Hub

Card Games

CCF: Combined Cadet Force


Creative Writing

Custom Clothing Design



Dillon Diploma

Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bronze Award


Higher Project Qualification

Investigative Journalism

LCO Music Junction

Learning to coach cricket

Learning to speak Italian

Learning to speak Japanese

Learning to teach Swimming

Make Your Own...

OpenLearn courses & MOOCS


Politics and Current Affairs Discussion group

Sports Leadership

Stock Slam

Sustainability Society

The History of Music

Williams Journal

Yoga & Mobility

Sixth Form

During the Autumn and Spring Terms, the following activities are available to Sixth Formers on a Friday afternoon.

School Based Volunteering:

Over 120 places available across on-site and
local volunteering projects

Pupil organised Volunteering:

Arranging your own volunteering placement which supports an aspect of the local community

Lead or Assist a
CCP Activity:

Assisting in the delivery of the Lower School programme through leading sessions or supporting academic staff

Regular CCP

A chance to take part in usual Friday afternoon activities with the rest of the school

During the summer term, Sixth Formers take part in character-building opportunities, which develop key skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication and prepare them for Higher Education.

Lower Sixth:

RSE, Goldhawk & UCAS Preparation

Upper Sixth:

Exam Skills, Revision Technique & Practice Examinations

Sixth Form Regular CCP Activity Options


CCF: Combined Cadet Force

Goldhawk Diploma

Harrow and Wealdstone Youth Centre

Harrow Law Centre

Harrow Young Carers

Hillview Nursery School

Horsenden Primary School - Sports Coaching

Josh Hanson Trust

LCO Music Junction

Norbury School – Debating

Prep School - Early Years support

Primary School Partnership: Drama

Primary School Partnership: Maths

Primary School Partnership: Science

St Anselm’s Primary School

Welldon Park Academy - Cricket coaching